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Story Land

おはなしのくに [NHK]

Story Land introduces traditional folk tales that have been told and loved in Japan for centuries. Leading actors present the stories with the rich expressiveness of one-person performances, enhanced by charming illustrations that bring the tales vividly to life.

SERIES Old Man Blossom


はなさかじいさん [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2019

An honest old man takes loving care of a puppy he has found. One day, the puppy begins barking in the corner of a field. Digging where the puppy is barking, the old man finds a great treasure of gold coins. A greedy old man who lives next door sees what happens and drags the puppy to his own field. But when he digs where the puppy barks, he finds nothing but snakes and centipedes. Angered, the greedy old man kills the puppy…

SERIES The Snow Woman


雪女 [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2019

One night during a blizzard, a young hunter meets a chillingly beautiful snow woman. Although she does not harm him, she does take the life of his elderly companion and makes the young man promise never to tell anyone about what happened. Later, the young man marries a beautiful young woman who knocks on his door, having lost her way in a snowstorm. The couple live happily together, but one stormy night, he remembers the night he met the snow woman and begins to talk…

SERIES The Magic Raccoonkettle


ぶんぶくちゃがま [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2019

A priest at a Buddhist temple acquires a very fine tea kettle, but as soon as he places it over a fire, it suddenly grows legs and a tail and runs away from the heat. Disturbed by the kettle’s obvious enchantment, the priest sells it to an antique dealer. Grateful to have a home, the kettle offers to display its talents on stage, drawing huge crowds and making the dealer very rich…

SERIES Urashima Taro


うらしまたろう [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2019

One day, a fisherman named Urashima Taro saves a small turtle from boys who are teasing it. The next day, a turtle comes to thank him by taking him down to the Dragon Palace at the bottom of the sea, where he spends time as if in a dream. But when he returns home, many more years have passed than he had realized. Overcome with sadness, he lifts the lid of a treasure box he was given when he left the Dragon Palace, despite being warned that he should never open it…

SERIES Peach Boy


ももたろう [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2019

One day, an old woman is washing clothes at a river when a large peach comes floating down the stream. She brings it home to her husband and, just as they’re about to cut it open, out pops a healthy baby boy. The old couple name the boy Momotaro (Peach Boy) and raise him to be a fine young man. One day, Momotaro hears about a band of ogres who are terrorizing surrounding villages. He sets off to conquer them, recruiting a dog, monkey and pheasant as retainers along the way, and does many heroic deeds.

SERIES Tongue-Cut Sparrow


したきりすずめ [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2018

A kind-hearted old man takes loving care of a sparrow he’s found. But his wife, angered that the bird ate her laundry paste, cuts her tongue and chases her away. The worried old man goes out to find the sparrow and is treated to dinner and given a hamper full of precious treasure. Wanting a large hamper of treasure herself, the greedy old woman visits the bird too, but…

SERIES The One-inch Boy 


いっすんぼうし [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2018

Though hardly more than an inch high, Little-One Inch has the brave heart of a great warrior. Using a needle as a sword, he vanquishes a horrible ogre and protects a princess. He wins a magic mallet that transforms him into a fine, full-sized young man. He and the princess marry and they live happy and prosperous lives ever after.

SERIES Kintaro


きんたろう [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2018

A boy named Kintaro is stronger than anyone else. When he wrestles, he can even beat a bear. But Kintaro is also gentle-hearted and helpful to his forest animal friends. A lord witnesses Kintaro’s good deeds and asks him to serve him as a samurai in the Capital, where he performs many heroic feats.

SERIES The Gratitude of the Crane


つるのおんがえし [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2018

A poor young man frees a crane from a trap. Soon after, a beautiful young woman comes to his door. The two marry and live happily together. The young wife secludes herself in a back room to weave a beautiful roll of cloth, making her husband promise not to look while she’s working. Later she weaves a second roll, but her husband breaks his promise and peeks…

SERIES The Monkey and the Crab


さるかにがっせん [NHK]

|Length : 10 |Year : 2018

Tricked by a monkey, a mother crab trades a rice ball for a persimmon seed. She plants the seed and it quickly grows into a tree with plenty of fruit. But the monkey takes all the fruit and kills the crab. The crab’s children vow revenge and, with a wooden mortar, a chestnut, a bee and a pile of cow dung as allies, track down the monkey to teach him a lesson.

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